Celebrating Pacific Island Arts series 2015

Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili

With the generous support fromt the Christensen Fund and the Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund,  Kua`aina was able to host the last workshop of the “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” series, “Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili”. Under the teaching and guidance of Kumu Herman Tachera, a group of eager learners spent the day creating their beautiful kahili pa`a lima.

Workshop participants, July 18, 2015 @ Studio Grand in Oakland, CA.

Workshop participants, July 18, 2015 @ Studio Grand in Oakland, CA.

Afforded great respect through the ages, the kahili is a prized cultural item among Native Hawaiian people. Kahili are feathered standards used to show status, lineage, and family ties and are made in many sizes and styles of kahili.

Kahili Pa`a Lima by Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Teacher

Kahili Pa`a Lima by Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Teacher.  

Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Tachera

Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Tachera

Herman Tachera is the kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho’omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has been a Cultural Practitioner of Hawaiian Feather Art for the past 19years.  He was first introduced to the art of lei hulu by Mikioi Iwamoto in 1996 and later fell under the mentorship of Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna, Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa and Michael Vieira.  Herman acquired his knowledge and experience under the guidance of Aunty Paulette and Aunty Mary Lou assisting them in the teaching of lei hulu, ‘uli’uli and kahili.  In June 2007 Aunty Mary Lou and Aunty Paulette, the foremost masters of Hawaiian Feather Art gave their acknowledge and blessings to Herman to teach and perpetuate the Art of Hawaiian Feathers.  Herman has taught numerous workshops throughout California, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Japan and Taiwan.  His most recent lei hulu workshop project of September 2014, was teaching 163 hula students of the prestigious Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Hula Halau of San Francisco, CA.

Herman Tachera & his Kumu, Master Hawaiian Feather Artist, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna

Herman Tachera & his Kumu, Master Hawaiian Feather Artist, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna

Herman is dedicated and committed to carry on and ho’omau — perpetuate —                    the teachings of his distinguished and honored Kumu.

Kua`aina Associates would like to say, mahalo nui loa Kumu Herman                                   for sharing your talant and knowledge with us

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